The Kenya sevens grab silver once again at the seventh leg of the HSBC sevens circuit held in Hong Kong. Fiji was the team that, once again, kept us from getting the gold. Fiji beat Shujaa 24-12 to capture their fourth consecutive Hong Kong Cup final win. Kenya was relegated to five players for most of the first half due to yellow cards shown, early on, to Collins Injera and Willie Ambaka.
This is the second time this season Fiji have denied us a Main Cup win with their first being in Vancouver, Canada a few weeks ago where they took us down, 29-7. This second 2nd place finish of the season sees Shujaa sit pretty at seventh in the overall HSBC Sevens World Series standings with a total of 85 points having picked up 19 along with the Hong Kong silver medal.
This was the first time the Kenya sevens team had progressed this far at Hong Kong, dispatching Canada in the quarterfinals and a young New Zealand side that contained six debutants, in the semis to reach the finals. Fiji took on the Blitzbokke, South Africa, in the other semi-final match which also happened to consist of quite a number of new faces. One, in particular, stood out with stellar performance all weekend long. His name, Selvyn Davids. Remember that name.
Shujaa, alongside the likes of South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Canada, will now be shifting their focus toward the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which are currently ongoing in Australia. The sevens competition is to take place at Robina Stadium in the Gold Coast between the 13th-15th April. The Kenya Sevens team has been grouped in Pool C alongside New Zealand and Canada, whom we both beat in Hong Kong on the way to the finals, as well as our African counterparts in the form of Zambia.
Afterward, the teams will then be tasked with taking on the eighth leg of the sevens circuit which will be played at the National Stadium in Singapore. We’ve come out on top at the Singapore Sevens before. Maybe here’s where we’ll do it once again. However, as always, go Kenya sevens…GO!